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    poignant accident

    Is the following sentence correct?

    That was a poignant accident to him.

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    Re: poignant accident

    Quote Originally Posted by Nathan Mckane View Post
    Is the following sentence correct?

    That was a poignant accident to him.

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    There are several problems with this sentence:

    1) Do you know the correct definition of "poignant"?

    2) What do you mean by "accident"? (Car accident? Falling over and breaking your leg?)

    3) We don't say that anything was "an accident to him/her".

    What do you actually mean by the whole sentence (please re-word it completely)?

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    Re: poignant accident

    I meant that it was a sad happening for him.

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    Re: poignant accident

    My knowledge of the adjective "poignant" makes me feel that it hardly collocates with " accident" , it occurs with other nouns like image/moment/memory/eye/voice/sound/music/song/tune, .. giving the meaning of soulful or moving.
    If there's some flexibility to change the sentence I would use "experience or event" rather than accident, but if you insist on accident, you can use a tragic accident.

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    Re: poignant accident

    This was a terrible event in his life.

    He experienced a sad event.

    Something very sad happened to him.

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